Let's Begin this saga with a statement about the following stories, that's what they are, stories, rumors, local folklore, yarns and gossips, all of them. However, stories passed down through subsequent generations become believed, told again and embellished upon, until they reach mythical or seemingly factual status.
Seems to be in the mid 1800's, a European woman of royal lineage was cavorting and running around with a commoner and when discovered was ostracized by her family. The two lovers fled their "old world" lives for a new start in Pennsylvania. Ruppsville to be exact.
Sixty men dug the hole, filled it with stacked local stone, lining the walls three feet thick and six feet deep, thick wooden posts, wooden pegs and hand cut nails were used to build the Tavern and Coach stop, now called the Ruppsville Hotel.
Drafty windows, pot belly stoves, hearty fare, drinks, and rooms for lodging were all part of the hotel experience.
The picture at the top of this page appears to have been taken between 1880-1895 and many Innkeepers have lived and worked here.
There are rumors of Brothels, Speakeasies, Secret Trap Doors, Rooms to Hide in... Oh yes, of course, and the Ghosts. Doors do sometimes close by themselves, voices have been heard emanating from the attic. We have heard all of these things and know they may not be factual, but they are certainly interesting.
Currently the building houses the Sunset Grille, a casual and fun Restaurant. Our place and yours...
The Sunset Grille concept began in 1990 by Ron and Clairissa Pickering. Formerly known as the Sunset Hotel, has undergone major renovations over the past 27 years to be what it is today.
Their vision was to create a family friendly, casual, Southwestern restaurant with Good Food, Good Prices and of course, Smiling Faces! The kind of place where everyone knows you by name, a place to meet friends, a place which feels like home. The Sunset Grille is your Neighborhood Grille. It's the real deal!
We are a family business and are proud that our children, Lizzie and Tim have joined our team to help make Sunset Grille the best neighborhood place it can possibly be.
We hope you enjoy yourself at the Sunset Grille. Please contact us to let us know how we are doing.
Clairissa, Ron, Lizzie & Tim Pickering
f (610) 398-8529
6751 Ruppsville Road
Allentown, PA 18106
Monday - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday - Friday- 11:00 am - 11 pm
Saturday -11:30 am - 11 pm
Sunday -11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sun - Wed - Until 11 pm
Thursday - Sat, Until 1:30 am